The grapevine is going crazy with speculation over the potential new team signings for 2014, so here at Boardseeker we decided to put our thinking caps on and dig up as much information as we could from all of our sources. As well as putting all of the confirmed new signing information together in one, easy to find, place.
Flick through for all the confirmed changes, and scroll down for more and more from the windsurfing grapevine.
7/01/2014 – AM
Rumour of the day today is that Ricardo Campello will now be signing to Patrik boards! ABC Windsurf have posted photos of the former freestyle champion on their website here, where he is holding a Patrik board and claim that this proves his new sponsorship.
Following a shock departure from JP and NeilPryde last year, Ricardo has been searching for new sponsors to take him onto the 2014 tour – could he have found one such company?
Boardseeker are currently confirming/denying the rumours with a sources and will of course have more info for you soon!
Another rumour is now circulating regarding the movements of NeilPryde designer, Pieter Bijl. Various sources have revealed that the sail designer and slalom rider who has been with NP for almost 20 years, is now stepping aside to concentrate on his role within Angulo boards.
We will have more from Bijl himself, and other riders taking advantage of the transfer window, very soon.
4/12/2013 – AM
After such big news from JP and NeilPryde, we are wondering who will be next in announcing their 2014 team changes.
With the departure of Leon Jamaer, will Fanatic now focus on their group of up and coming riders (as well of course as Fernandez and Voget) pushing them to the next level, or will they be looking around for some new talent? We have word that things could be staying fairly similar for Fanatic in 2014, but we are eagerly awaiting official word which will come in a few short days.
3/12/2013 – PM
As we investigate further it seems that it is more and more likely that Dany Bruch will not be with Severne in 2014. Although we are yet to receive word from Bruch himself, many sources close to the rider have lead us to believe he will not be on Severne in the coming year.
Another thing that has come to our attention is the fact that one of the ‘big 3′ companies is looking to add some more up and coming, younger talent to its books. We can’t yet say who and where they are heading, but there certainly seems a focus on supporting the most promising talent and those riders that have really upped their game in 2013.
And we also have to think about the fate of Kauli Seadi; in 2013 Kauli stepped away from the tour and moved to Hot Sails Maui to enjoy a year sailing his favourite breaks. But it wasn’t long until Kauli was back and shredding at the final event in Ho’okipa. With more variety promised on the 2014 tour and Kauli looking to compete for the whole year, will he stay with HSM? Or look to boost his potential results with a move back to a bigger brand?
3/12/2013 – AM
First of all we know that Philip Koester and Ricardo Campello are no longer part of the NeilPryde team.
This has freed up some budget, and meant that NP can take on the likes of Leon Jamaer and continue to support the growing talents of riders such as Antoine Martin.
But, where will Koester and Campello go?
It is rumoured that Campello could be looking at a deal with RRD… it would certainly make a lot of sense for RRD to look at the jumping star, but can they afford him? Another train of thought it that Campello could be looking at a team such as Goya/Quatro – with a great base of talented riders, we are sure Goya/Quatro would massively benefit from really pushing it with a great jumper too – but is it the direction they would want to go, as they have always based themselves around amazing riding talent?
We have spoken with Ricardo and it looks like we will have more details from him in just a couple of days.
With Koester also now away from NP, the logical step is for him to head over to Severne. But what implications could this have for the rest of the Severne team? Severne already have a big team, with a lot of high profile riders. From the Moreno twins, to Dunkerbeck, to Dany Bruch and Scott McKercher. If Severne want to sign Koester, would they able to afford to keep on all of these top names too? With McKercher and the twins being so involved within the R&D of the Severne products, could it be Bruch that steps aside? And surely, with his pedigree Dunkerbeck cannot be the most affordable of riders to keep on a team. Will Severne have to sacrifice the the former king of windsurfing to support a new rider?
And will the likes of freestyle Dieter van Eyken also suffer with the budget cuts? Will they be able to keep him on as well as the other top riders? And there is one more nugget of information coming through the grapevine, Moritz Mauch (currently with Starboard/NorthSails) could be looking at stepping across to Severne too, so it seems Severne could be looking at some major, major changes in 2014.
As of now all of these rumours stated are just that: rumours. We have spoken with various sources, but as yet cannot confirm any of these as it has not been officially stated from any brands.
Flick through all the pages below for the confirmed 2014 transfers…